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Drop the Fatitude and Get a Winning Attitude!

Change Your Thoughts to Win the Weight-Loss Game


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  • Coach Dean, this article reinforces a lot of different things that I relay to some of my spark friends that are in search of motivation on any given day as I've lost 180 pounds and have deployed a lot of the strategies that you have spoken of in the article.

    So much more than losing weight, my main goal when I started my lifestyle change was to "Feel good again". Having that goal on the front burner of my brain helped to keep me disciplined and focused with a resolve that I was going to achieve "Feeling good again!"

    So much more than a body image change or wanting to look thinner...I just wanted to be able to walk from the parking lot to my job without breaking into a profuse sweat. I wanted to be able to stand the entire time I had to do dishes and not sit in a chair to do them. I wanted to also be able to walk around my kitchen and actually be able to physically prepare a meal. I wanted to not get short of breath tying my shoes. The list is a lot longer.

    So much more than a term...I suffered from "Fattitudes" I made excuses. I felt that others needed to adjust in order for me to lose weight and become healthy. Through all of my deepest depression when I was 380 pounds, the one resounding thing that hit me was that I was like I was because of my decisions I had made and what I had become was a cumulative result of those choices. It was when I came to that understanding that I put together a nutrition plan and an exercise plan and began to act on them.

    It's been October 2007 since I changed up my nutrition and December 2007 since I started my exercise regimen. It all started with relinquishing my "Fattitudes".

  • While the article is fantastic, I take issue with the word "fattitude" as it is being used here. This is seems to be a misappropriation of a word often used to denote acceptance and confidence in one's size regardless of not being a size 2. It also speaks to finding joy in what one's body can do, versus what one's body looks like.

    Of course a google search could've easily explained this better than I did.
  • thank you very much for these words of wisdom you have opened my eyes!
  • Thanks for this today - I needed it! You are dead on - we all have a choice. You made the journey crystal clear.
  • Thanks Coach. I think that this is one of your best articles.
    As a mom of small kids, I hear the frustration of some of the earlier commenters. The bottom line is--do the best that you can with the resources and opportunities you have. If it means five minutes of exercise, make it the best five minutes you possibly can. Nobody said that it was going to be easy.
  • Love your articles, Dean. This one is so right on....
    Doing these changes with love and affection for me- for my ups and downs, success and failure, paying attention to what works.
    S'all good.
  • I agree with KLS777. I have 6 small children, and a husband who is gone alot. I also work full time nights (12 hour shifts). By the time I get off work in the morning, sleep 5 or 6 hours, it is time to get up and cook dinner and leave for work. I find it very difficult to go to the bathroom by myself, let alone work out consistently for 30 minutes or more daily.
  • This is all well and good, so what happens when you have 4 small children that have no respect for exercise time and you are constantly badgered the whole time?
  • Wow! All or nothing! Not long ago, that was me. I had to be perfect or not even try. That perfectionism sent me soaring to 265 pounds and diabetic. Now, I have to take it one bite at a time, one movement at a time, depending on what my glucose meter says. If my sugar is high, I have to exercise. If it's low, I have to eat. And I don't dare over- or under-do either of those. Sound like more perfectionism? Nope. Perfectionism is paralyzing. I know what to do to counter any bad decision or mistake that I make, so that mistake doesn't leave me spiraling off into the cake and ice cream for dinner zone.
  • I liked the part about perfectionism and instant gratification. I often push myself to exercise much harder than usual in order to work off the extra calories I "couldn't help" but consume. It's a symptom of my excessive nature, and something I'm working hard to moderate, because I can't keep up those mega-workouts forever. I like the reminder that it's a slow, gradual, steady process, and that I can't expect to change overnight. Thank you, Coach Dean!
    Boy you have me pegged! I have fallen away from what I started with here...myself defeat AGAIN! I needed this article and will search for more...I need to get my spark petered out here this last few months. Thanks, Em
  • One of the things that attracted me to SparkPeople was its overall body positiveness. But I'm very disappointed at the derogatory use of the word 'fat' that has been used several times in recent memory by some of the coaches. 'Fat' is a word that we each have to find our own relationship with, and it's not a self-defeating insult to all of us -- for some, it's an important part of loving our bodies and ourselves no matter what. A derogatory use of 'fat' can easily contribute a body-negative and pro-self-hatred environment. I'm disappointed that SparkPeople is making this change.
    I'm turning my fatitude into a slimitude! Great article!
  • Wow, great article.... I see myself in every point at some time in my journey.
  • I liked... You are an “experiment of one” when it comes to figuring out what will work for you, and you’re the one running the experiment... To me it means that although we are the same ( human) we are each unique and have control over the actions that we take...I'm enjoying trying to figure out what works for me.

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